I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this novel, I had
never experienced the magic of Neil Gaiman before but am I ever glad
that I did.
When first introduced to Richard Mayhew I found myself amused by
his typical "guyness". Gaiman defintitely brought out the "average joe"
in this character. As the novel progressed he not only remains in touch
with who he is but grows into a man of strength and character. It was
exciting to read what he would do or say next and often I found myself
laughing out loud at some of his dialogue.
As Door entered his life he began to sparkle even more. I
absolutely loved the description of Door and found myself attached to
this character very early on in the story. Her youthfulness and
innocence are a complete contradiction to her wisdom and strength it
seems that Gaiman has given this character such a complex yet balanced
persona it definitely shines through the pages and this is proof of his
mastery in this genre.
I found myself actually missing Door when she was not a part of a
particular portion of the story and was excited as I glanced towards
the next page to see her name once again.
The Marquis de Carabas was an interesting character and it was
almost a love/hate relationship for me throughout the entire novel. The
way he responds to Richard made me clench my fists and his demanding
nature made me want to curse. however, despite his cruelties I found
myself in admiration of his dedication to Door and seeing her through
to the very end.
Hunter however, "pissed me off" to no end. I knew something was
"sketchy" about her from the beginning but when she ultimately
completely betrayed them I was so mad I could spit. I found myself
greatly satisfied to her demise.
Finally, I was in complete adoration of the way that Gaiman
introduced and finalized the character of Islington, his cunning yet
admiral persona made you want to reach out either hug him or slap him
across the face.
I was very pleased to read that Richard went back to the
underground leaving so much room for my imagination to play....perhaps
in a world of dark corridors, opened doors and a place where mice talk
and men dream. Two thumbs up and a big toe from me!!
Neverwhere tells the story of Richard Mayhew, a perfectly ordinary guy. His kindness to one girl will change his life, when upon saving her from the street, he finds himself thrust in to a new world. A world where it is almost impossible to come back...
Neil Gaiman is an awesome writer and Richard Mayhew is a likeable character whose struggles are one many can associate themselves with. He struggles to make himself a more unique person, a person who can make decisions on his own.